Whole 30: Day 24 + Meal Ideas

You guys! I can’t even believe I’m writing in on day 24 and I’ve made it this far. I feel good. My skin has cleared up times a million, and I am definitely feeling less lethargic and more energetic than before. That said, I definitely don’t feel any miracles, but I still do have a week left, and I am very glad I’m doing this as a reset. I really needed something that would help me take pause and evaluate everything I was putting into my body, because I was slipping into some bad habits that I needed to kick to the curb (especially diet soda and processed foods in general). When I posted after one week on the Whole30 and admitted to stepping on the scale, a few people suggested that I really not weigh myself because it would make me focus on the wrong things, so I did actually put my scale away and haven’t weighed myself since. Just wanted to share that side note.

The Whole30 has truly helped reinspire me in the kitchen, too. Prior to Whole30, I was eating out A LOT (bad for the waistline and the wallet), not cooking very much, and eating a lot of convenient, packaged foods. Since Whole30, I’ve been diligently grocery shopping every week and doing a ton more cooking in my kitchen. I’ve gotten excited about my weekly grocery trip, gotten back into meal planning, and have ventured to the farmer’s market, Wegman’s and Aldi (first time ever). It’s been pretty awesome! Also, Whole30 helped me to make homemade mayo for the first time ever (using this recipe and because most store bought mayo contains soybean oil) and also purchased a spiralizer (this one) that I am obsessed with and use all the time.

A lot of my meals have been simple and straightforward, and looked something like this:

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2 eggs fried in coconut oil, sugar free bacon, 1/2 avocado, 1 sliced bell pepper, 1 sliced kiwi, seltzer water, and coffee with coconut milk

But I have come up with a couple more exciting meal ideas, and while I haven’t done up detailed recipes and taken step by step photos, I wanted to share anyway.

Slowcooker Mexican Shredded Beef

This is probably my favorite creation from all of Whole30. I purchased grass fed beef chuck from Whole Foods (it was on sale!), and then I did a simple prep and cooked it in the slower cooker. I chopped up an onion to throw at the bottom, and then seasoned both sides of the meat with cumin, corriander, chili powder, and a little salt, and put the seasoned beef on top of the onion. I added a little pico de gallo on top of the meat, and turned it on low and left for work. When I got back 9 hours later, my apartment smelled amazing and I had the most flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth shredded beef that I’ve ever had. I had Shredded Beef Lettuce Wraps, and stuffed butter lettuce with the beef, bell pepper, pico de gallo, guac, and mango salsa. If I could eat like that every day, Whole30 would be a breeze.

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Shredded beef, homemade pico de gallo, guac, mango salsa, red peppers, and butter lettuce leaves

Sweet Potato Egg Bake

This is a dish I’ve made a couple different times, and is perfect for bringing to work for breakfast. I shredded a sweet potato in the food processor, then added in scallions, eggs, and sausage from the farmer’s market that I cooked in a pan first. You could throw in any veggies you like to this, but the sweet potato was AWESOME and made it unlike any egg dish I’ve ever had. It almost tasted cheese-like, and added a very stick-to-your-ribs element that helped me stay full for hours. This will be in the regular breakfast rotation for sure.

Shredded Brussels with Bacon

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The picture here does the dish no justice, but this was probably my favorite veggie side dish. I mean it’s probably not a big surprise since there’s bacon, but only a few slices! I cooked 3 slices of (sugar-free) bacon in a pan, and then put the cooked pieces on a paper towel. In the same pan with the bacon fat still in there, I added a bag of shredded brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s, and cooked those for a few minutes until they softened a bit. I crumbled up the bacon and tossed it back in, and voila! I had this with a few eggs on top, and also as a side with meat a few times. Delish.

Chicken Salad

Boring, I know. But eggs can get kind of tiring if you have them for breakfast every day, and I still have trouble wanting to eat something more lunch/dinner-y first thing in the morning. Chicken salad turned out to be a good middle ground, because it was light enough for breakfast, but substantial enough to keep me full for hours. I poached chicken breast (first time ever!), and then sliced it up and tossed it with some grapes, celery, and bell pepper. I mixed some curry spice into the homemade mayo, and then tossed the chicken salad with the mayo. I served it over a bed of greens to get a little more veggies in there, or else just ate it as is.

Egg Salad

This is not the most exciting thing on the list either, but I feel like it deserves a shout out because it’s a meal i’ve eaten several times a week all along the Whole30. Just like chicken salad, it’s something that I can eat for breakfast if I don’t want regular eggs, and it’s really easy to throw together. My favorite combination to date is 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 red bell pepper, 2 stalks celery, 1 dollop homemade mayo, and 1/2 avocado. So delicious and something I haven’t gotten bored of yet!

14 Comments on Whole 30: Day 24 + Meal Ideas

  1. laurenlec
    September 24, 2014 at 9:09 am (6 years ago)

    You are really inspiring me to get back into Whole30, Beth! I did back in November of last year and truly felt amazing. I’m now pregnant, and first trimester food aversions have led to some truly bad habits creeping back into my diet. I purchased animal crackers at Trader Joe’s last week. Need I say more? Now that I am feeling more like myself, I think a Whole30 might be just the ticket to get me back on track nutritionally.

  2. jessica
    September 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t know if you read all your comments, but would you consider doing a tummy tuck update. Your blog has been one of the best resources out there for the progress of this surgery I can find. I’m very much considering it and would love to see your thoughts now that you are over a year post surgery.

    • Beth
      September 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm (6 years ago)

      Hey Jessica! Of course I read all the comments! 🙂 Thanks for the compliment on my blog being a good resource, and yes, I’m definitely planning to do an update. Overall now that I’m over a year out I’m very very very happy with the results, but glad the surgery itself is behind me. Stay tuned for more details, but of course feel free to ask any specific questions you have!

  3. laura
    September 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I randomly stumbled on here today googling Trader Joe’s Lite Mozzarella… anyway, I’ve been paleo for years and have done 2 W30s. I was just wondering how you feel about the “need” for light foods and low cal/fat “swaps” that WW pushes now that you’ve done a W30. Has your weight stayed the same despite eating fat and not counting calories? I hope more people doing WW might try something like this and see that REAL food can be used for weight loss and its not all lite-this and lite-that 🙂

  4. Lori
    September 27, 2014 at 11:17 am (6 years ago)

    Yum. I love the shredded beef and Egg salad. I’m going to try the egg salad this morning. I like to add some Tony Chachere’s to give it a little kick. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Kat
    October 5, 2014 at 12:00 am (6 years ago)

    After many years of resorting to vegetarian diets, I tried a low-carb plan and have been on it for about 7 weeks. I love how easy it has been for me; being able to include fats makes it easier to stay on the diet and actually lose inches and lbs. However– I have had some major issues with constipation even tho I’ve included a lot of veggies and water. This is new for me as I’m just so used to eating whole grains. I hope you don’t mind my asking if you have any advice on how to avoid this problem with low-carb plans similar to the W30. Thanks! 🙂

    • Lin
      June 12, 2015 at 9:07 am (5 years ago)


      Bananas have always helped me. Try that.

  6. Kate
    October 10, 2014 at 7:43 am (6 years ago)

    Any update on your 30 days? I assume they are over now…

  7. Allana Preston
    November 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t really like brussel sprouts, but that looks really good. 🙂 I love what you cooked all day. Looks amazing. Keep up the good work.

  8. Anne Pennington
    December 24, 2014 at 3:40 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the inspiration. I am currently gluten-free and feeling better. In a month I’m going to reduce dairy as well. One step at a time works great for me.

  9. Mitch
    January 5, 2015 at 8:20 am (6 years ago)

    Wow, those recipes definitely seems healthy and tasty : )

  10. Mitch
    January 31, 2015 at 4:27 am (6 years ago)

    The shredded vegetables with bacon seems like a very healthy recipe to inspire others to stay on track on the healthy road. It is very creative and interesting.

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